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Nintendo DS
Nintendo DS Logo.svg
Nintendo-DS-Fat-Blue.jpg
A blue original Nintendo DS
Also known asiQue DS (China)
DeveloperNintendo
ManufacturerFoxconn
Product familyNintendo DS family
TypeHandheld game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Release date
  • NA: November 21, 2004
  • JP: December 2, 2004
  • AU: February 24, 2005
  • EU: March 11, 2005
Lifespan2004–2013
Introductory priceUS$149.99[1]
Discontinued2013[2]
Units sold154.02 million worldwide (as of June 30, 2016)[3] (details)
MediaNintendo game card, ROM cartridge
CPUTwo ARM architecture processors
Memory4 MB RAM
StorageCartridge save
256 KB flash memory
DisplayTwo TFT LCD, 256 × 192 pixels
ConnectivityWi-Fi (802.11b, WEP)
Online servicesNintendo Wi-Fi Connection
Best-selling gameNew Super Mario Bros., 30.80 million (as of September 30, 2016)[4]
Backward
compatibility
Game Boy Advance
PredecessorGame Boy Advance
SuccessorNintendo 3DS

The Nintendo DS[a], or simply DS, is a line of handheld game console produced by Nintendo. The device released globally across 2004 and 2005. The DS, an initialism for "Developers' System" or "Dual Screen",[5] introduced distinctive new features to handheld gaming: two LCD screens working in tandem (the bottom one being a touchscreen), a built-in microphone and support for wireless connectivity.[6] Both screens are encompassed within a clamshell design similar to the Game Boy Advance SP. The Nintendo DS also features the ability for multiple DS consoles to directly interact with each other over Wi-Fi within a short range without the need to connect to an existing wireless network. Alternatively, they could interact online using the now-defunct Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service. Its main competitor was Sony's PlayStation Portable during the seventh generation of video game consoles.

Prior to its release, the Nintendo DS was marketed as an experimental "third pillar" in Nintendo's console lineup, meant to complement the Game Boy Advance and GameCube. However, backward compatibility with Game Boy Advance titles and strong sales ultimately established it as the successor to the Game Boy series.[7] On March 2, 2006, Nintendo launched the Nintendo DS Lite, a slimmer and lighter redesign of the original Nintendo DS with brighter screens. On November 1, 2008, Nintendo released the Nintendo DSi, another redesign with seve

The Nintendo DS[a], or simply DS, is a line of handheld game console produced by Nintendo. The device released globally across 2004 and 2005. The DS, an initialism for "Developers' System" or "Dual Screen",[5] introduced distinctive new features to handheld gaming: two LCD screens working in tandem (the bottom one being a touchscreen), a built-in microphone and support for wireless connectivity.[6] Both screens are encompassed within a clamshell design similar to the Game Boy Advance SP. The Nintendo DS also features the ability for multiple DS consoles to directly interact with each other over Wi-Fi within a short range without the need to connect to an existing wireless network. Alternatively, they could interact online using the now-defunct Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service. Its main competitor was Sony's PlayStation Portable during the seventh generation of video game consoles.

Prior to its release, the Nintendo DS was marketed as an experimental "third pillar" in Nintendo's console lineup, meant to complement the Game Boy Advance and GameCube. However, backward compatibility with Game Boy Advance titles and strong sales ultimately established it as the successor to the Game Boy series.[7] On March 2, 2006, Nintendo launched the Nintendo DS Lite, a slimmer and lighter redesign of the original Nintendo DS with brighter screens. On November 1, 2008, Nintendo released the Nintendo DSi, another redesign with several hardware improvements and new features, although it lost backwards compatibility for Game Boy Advance titles and a few original DS games that used the GBA slot. All Nintendo DS models combined have sold 154.02 million units,[8] making it the best selling handheld game console to date, and the second best selling video game console of all time behind Sony's PlayStation 2.[3][9] The Nintendo DS line was succeeded by the Nintendo 3DS family in 2011, which maintains backward compatibility with nearly all Nintendo DS software except for some software that requires the GBA slot for use.